Central Leader : December 15th 2010
3 CENTRAL LEADER, DECEMBER 15, 2010 NEWS THE of the Contact TriWoman Triathlons Pt Chevalier Sunday 23rd January Narrow Neck Saturday 5th March Pt Chevalier Saturday 9th April www.tri.co.nz IN BRIEF Money taken Aunty Jo's Kids' Christmas Party may have been a great success, but it ended on a sour note for organiser Jo Legge. After the event at Potters Park on December 2, $90 raised from a raffle was stolen from a car, possibly between 2.15pm and 2.30pm. Ms Legge, who has run the party for the past 17 years, says she was going to use the money to pay for incidentals associated with organising the day out. If you have any information call Ms Legge on 620-1960. Bogus collectors The Royal Plunket Society is warning local residents to keep an eye out for bogus charity collectors in operation. Auckland Plunket councillor Samantha Newby-Whybrow says impostors masque- rading as volunteers have been seen in Remuera, Newmarket and Onehunga, with money collection buckets. She cautions the public to be aware. ''Normally they have official Plunket identification and these people don't,'' Mrs Newby-Whybrow says. ''There would also be more public awareness of it.'' This year's public appeal was in March with the next collection drive for Plunket is scheduled for March 2011. SAFE volunteers An appeal to fight animal cruelty will take to the streets later this month to raise funds for SAFE -- Save Animals From Exploitation. The annual street appeal is seeking volunteers to help out on December 17 and 18 and those interested would be asked to collect for two hours between 7am and 8pm. All collectors also go in the cruelty-free prize draw to win a $500 hamper. Visit www.safe.org.nz to get involved or call 0800-728-387. Any news? If you have a news story email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Central Leader reporters on 630-5419. Carnage scene: An accident on Dominion Rd which claimed the life of a motorcyclist. Photo: JASON OXENHAM Fears over fatal crash Earlier smash: This multi-car accident happened when a driver hit parked cars. Photo: JOHN SELKIRK By RHIANNON HORRELL FEARS have been voiced over road deaths on Dominion Rd after a horror scene last Thursday in which two serious accidents took place within hours, claiming the life of a motorcyclist. At 10.51am a multi-car pile up took place on the busy road near the intersection with Valley Rd as a result of a driver who allegedly hit four parked cars. Two people were taken to hospital for observation and one woman had to be cut from her car. It took more than an hour to clear the scene and the driver has been arrested for driving while incapable. A short time later at 1.20pm a fatal crash took place between a car and a motorbike at 157 Dominion Rd.The police serious crash unit is investigating the inci- dent which killed the male motorcyclist and left his female passenger in a serious condition. Onlookers witnessed the driver of the car sobbing and the person is assisting police with inquiries. Self-employed man Ian Forsman was on Dominion Rd at the time and says both the bike and the car were travelling north. He estimates the driver of the bike was reaching speeds of up to 110kmh. He was powering up here. There was no safety gear -- just shorts, t-shirt and open face helmets. It's been a bad day today. It's like a bomb site.'' Auckland road policing manager inspector Gavin Macdonald says all road users need to share the roads with care and be vigilant. A moment's carelessness or inattention on anyone's behalf can be tragic within seconds.'' Save Dominion Rd cam- paigner Penny Hickey says her daughter witnessed the car pile-up. It was totally erratic driv- ing. The two factors they had in common was speed and the safety of the footpath environment for pedestrians. If we have a wider road we will encourage faster driving and there will be worse tragedies. Faster speeds will mean more deaths.'' Ms Hickey hopes the Auck- land Council will not go ahead with road widening and will not narrow footpaths.
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